As usual, I have the opposite opinion of most people on this board. I thought this episode was simply classic Malcolm in the Middle. And I thought Hal's plot was the worst and most un-MITM. Too much violence and screaming and genuinely uncomfortable moments which this season seems to have a lot of. The rest of the episode may have been pointless and "useless" but that has always been the humor of the show. I thought it was overall much more back to the roots of the show than most other recent episodes.